action day – July action day - July, photo by Zoltán Kerekes

Forum on the Prospects of Contemporary Art’s Institutional Structure in Hungary, in Closer and Larger Cultural Contexts

For the action day series,, with the help of the activists of the Student Network (informal and self-organized network of students throughout Hungary, launched in 2011 as a new advocacy form of students), organizes monthly forums for one full year, for and with the participation of contemporary art experts and professionals in the open office of The forum is a community platform of informal decision making and action preparation, where a relatively large group of people can make decisions about individual or group action efficiently and democratically. The forum creates online communication interfaces and
initiates concrete working groups, whose activities it also coordinates.

Inspired by the objectives of the Human Platform*, the project bases its activity on the belief that in order for advocacy of interests to be successful and effective, it must be radically rethought in terms of form and framework. Some of the currently pertinent issues which prompt rethinking include government practices which are only partially incorporating—or completely ignoring—the suggestions or recommendations of civil experts during the lawmaking process, as well as employing salami tactics to turn professional civic organizations against each other, thereby silencing them.

The following organizations are invited to the action day: Studio of Young Artists Association (FKSE), AICA, József Attila Circle – Literary Association of Young Writers (JAK), Free Artists, Hungarian Theatre Society, Free Műcsarnok Facebook Group, Autonomy of Art in Hungary (NEMMA) blog, Art Student Network (MUHAHA), MUHAHA – DELTA Group, United for Art, National Arts Foundation (NMA), Alliance for Independent Performing Arts (FESZ), Human Platform, Studio of Young Photographers (FFS).

Date: 31 July 2013, from 6 pm to 9 pm
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102.

*Human Platform is a newly established federation that gathers NGOs and private individuals from different professions with the aim of providing effective advocacy platform for its members; is one of the founding members.